Former DSM task force chairman Allen Frances reviews the rise of the DSM, crossing over from a research instrument to to a popular bestseller and leading to “faddish over-diagnosis of autism, attention deficit disorders and bipolar disorder in children … and is accorded the authority of a bible in areas well beyond its competence.” He accuses the APA of “stubbornly refusing to subject the (DSM-5) proposals to independent scientific review.” The article appears in the New York Times.
Rewrite means millions more likely to be called addicts (Star Tribune)
Experts unconvinced by changes to psychiatric guide (Reuters)
Newsflash from APA Meeting: DSM-5 Has Flunked Its Reliability Tests (Huffington Post)
Updates to Psychiatric Guide Spur Controversy (Washington Post)
First DSM-5 Field Trials Generate Mixed Results (Medscape Today)
Psychiatry Manual Drafters Back Down on Diagnoses (New York Times)
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